NEW YORK – Rare books and documents dating from the 16th to the 20th century will be offered at a Jasper52 online-only auction Sunday, Nov. 20. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.com.
Poetry lovers will be interested in a 1924 printing of Mountain Interval by Robert Frost, which is signed by the author. The 74-page volume of poetry (above) is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.
What makes a first edition of Carl Becker’s Freedom and Responsibility in the American Way of Life special is the book is signed by both American authors and political activists Helen Keller and Clare Booth Luce (below). Knopf published the hardcover book in 1945. Lacking its dust jacket, the book is estimated at $400-$600.
The signature of King Louis XIV of France is found on a document dated 1694. The framed document is also signed by chancellor Michel Le Tellier. It carries a $1,000-$1,250 estimate.
Modern first editions in the auction include Native Son by Richard Wright, published by Harper & Brothers in 1940. It is offered with a $100-$200 estimate.
A handsome four-volume set of Ackermann’s Poetical Magazine, 1809, will be offered. This illustrated set contains the first appearance of the famous poem by William Combe featuring the great Dr. Syntax and his horse Grizzle. It is estimated at $700-$1,000.
Early pulp fiction is available in five issues of detective stories written by Francis Worcester Doughty and published in 1919-20 by Frank Tousey, New York. The lot is estimated at $100-$150.
Bidding on all lots starts at $1. Many of the lots have no reserves, which means the items will sell to the high bidder no matter the price.